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Endangered Species: Puerto Rican Boa

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Anthony Cadorniga

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Epicrates inornatus Puerto Rican Boa Description Sources This species is a Reptile! Resides in Southern section of Puerto Rico. Habitat Deforestation and habitat destruction
Humans over hunted boas to extract the oil within their fat
Introduction of the exotic species, The Indian Mongoose.
If this boa is one of the top predators in Puerto Rico, why is it endangered? What is being done about it? Puerto Rican Wildlife and Hunting Regulations Office is protecting species by prohibiting their hunting for commercial use
Reptile- a cold-blooded vertebrate animal of a class that includes snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and tortoises. They are distinguished by having a dry scaly skin, and typically laying soft-shelled eggs on land. AKA
The Largest Snake in Puerto Rico!! approximately 6 feet in length
Pale or dark brown/ grey So what does it look like? Diet birds
small mammals
lizards The boa feeds by holding the prey in its jaws, wrapping several coils around the victim, and then constricting until the prey has suffocated. The prey is then swallowed head first. Breeding and Reproduction Mate during wet season.
Females give birth 6 months after mating.
Only snake in Puerto Rico that gives LIVE BIRTH !
Gives birth to approximately 17-30 babies Cold-Blooded Where does it thrive? They live in mountainous and rocky places where it can find deep openings and cracks where it can hide. Spend most of their time in surrounding trees. Hunt mostly on ground level They have a wide range of habitats! NOT Migratory! PREDATORS! Indian Mongoose
Feral cats
Red Tailed Hawks
Pearly-eyed Thrasher
Humans
Did you know? People extracted fat from the boa to produce snake oil. Snake oil is used for hair growth treatment, painkillers, and wood and metal preservation. "Animal Finder." Animal Finder. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. <http://www.hoglezoo.org/meet_our_animals/animal_finder/Puerto_Rican_Boa>.

Environment: Snakes of Puerto Rico." Environment: Snakes of Puerto Rico. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2012. <http://www.enciclopediapr.org/ing/article.cfm?ref=08040401>.

"Taxon - Image." BioLib. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2012. <http://www.biolib.cz/en/taxonimage/id82651/>.

Cavendish, Marshall. Endangered Wildlife and Plants of the World, Volume 2. N.p.: Marshall Cavendish Corporation, n.d. Print.

"It's Official- Cell Phones Are Killing Bees | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building." It's Official- Cell Phones Are Killing Bees | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. <http://inhabitat.com/its-official-cell-phones-are-killing-bees/>.

"Species Profile for Puerto Rican Boa (Epicrates Inornatus)." Species Profile for Puerto Rican Boa (Epicrates Inornatus). N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. <http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profile/speciesProfile.action?spcode=C00P>. But... What else should be done? We believe that this would be more effective... Monitoring illegal trading of snake skins and oils
Enclosed protective refuges
Deforestation laws
Control level of Indian Mongoose population
Por: Anthony Cadorniga y Matt Sonnenberg Gracias por su tiempo y attencion !
Merci pour votre temps et votre attention ! Par: Anthony Cadorniga et Matthew Sonnenberg
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